Average Salary for Catholic University of America Alumni

Combining good value and great education, Catholic University of America is ranked in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a Roman Catholic university based in Washington, Washington DC. This report is based on the answers of CUA graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Catholic University of America Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Design Architect
8 salaries
Architectural Designer
4 salaries
Project Engineer
3 salaries
Associate Attorney
3 salaries
3 salaries
Social Worker
3 salaries
Business Development Director
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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About This School

620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064



Private School, Research University, Religious

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Professionally, the health care industry, the education industry, and IT services are popular business areas among CUA alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the architectural services industry. The engineering services industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among CUA grads, with less than two percent of former students experienced in this area. CUA graduates see an average starting salary of about $69K.


CUA grads who become College Admissions Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $89K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Associate Attorneys and Design Architects; their salaries approach $80K and approximately $74K, respectively. Architectural Designers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of around $38K in this job.


Home to a large number of CUA alums, Washington, DC is by far the most attractive city for these former students. CUA grads also flock to Arlington, Va., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $103K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by CUA alumni is Rockville, Md., where earnings average $53K. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Baltimore, Md.

Degree Major

CUA students with a law degree can expect to make the most money (approximately $125K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a master's in social work fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $42K.


Catholic University of America grads with Contract Negotiation abilities can expect to make 59 percent more than their former classmates ($110K). Project Management is a common skill among CUA alumni — close to one-fifth of grads mention using it at work. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Design.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to paid time off, there is more lenience involving vacation than illness; just under half of the graduates get vacation time, whereas just one in three grads get paid sick leave. A large number of grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Most survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Graduates of Catholic University of America are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $69K for Howard University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to CUA grads. Lehigh University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Fordham University are also similar to CUA.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1220
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats for Catholic University of America


53 %
48 %
$38,844 - $93,317
$41,117 - $106,929
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
$34,228 - $101,736
$34,622 - $114,882
$80,556 - $149,000
$46,500 - $120,000

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